Malachite Kingfisher

Scientific Name:
Corythornis cristatus
Sub-Saharan Africa
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About the Malachite Kingfisher

The Malachite Kingfisher (Corythornis cristatus) is a small and vibrant bird species found in sub-Saharan Africa.


Malachite Kingfishers are typically found in wetland habitats such as marshes, swamps, rivers, streams, and mangrove forests. They prefer areas with slow-moving or stagnant water and dense vegetation along the banks or edges of water bodies. These kingfishers are often seen perched on overhanging branches or reeds, where they hunt for fish, insects, and other small aquatic prey.


Malachite Kingfishers are small birds, measuring approximately 13 to 15 centimeters (5 to 6 inches) in length. They have a stocky build with a short tail, a short, straight bill, and relatively long, pointed wings. Their plumage is characterized by striking colors, including bright blue and green feathers on the upperparts, with a rufous or chestnut belly and white markings on the throat and breast. Best Viewing The best places to view Malachite Kingfishers are in wetland habitats with suitable perches and water bodies. Look for them along the banks of rivers, streams, and ponds where they are commonly found hunting for prey. These kingfishers are often seen perched on low branches or reeds near the water's edge, where they dive into the water to catch fish and other aquatic prey.